Paulo Siqueira’s JLA

Without Superman, but that’s cool. When the rest of the Justice League look this good, who needs him? The always worth visting Project Rooftop has a post featuring artist Paulo Siqueira’s (Amazing Spider-Man) take on a few of the classic JLA members. His redesigns are superb and include Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Batman, Aquaman and Flash.

Avengers Origin: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Preview

That’s a long title. Under the great, and probably last cover art for Marvel by Marko Djurdjevic, is this in the series of Avengers Origins double-sized one-shots. November also sees the release of tales focusing on Ant-Man & The Wasp, Luke Cage, Thor and Vision. Text-free preview of Magneto’s kids comic below.

Your First Look At AVENGERS ORIGINS: SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER!

For the first time ever, see the path that took Wanda and Pietro Maximoff from mutant terrorists to Earth’s Mightiest in Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver #1. This all-new story featuring the duo’s road to becoming Avengers, courtesy of writer Sean McKeever and artist Mirco Pierfederici, exposes a hidden chapter in the history of the Marvel Universe that no fan can miss. This November, see how the fastest and most powerful super heroes of all time fought their way into the world’s premiere super hero team in Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver #1.

AVENGERS ORIGINS: SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER #1 (SEP110527)

Written by SEAN MCKEEVER

Art by MIRCO PIERFEDERICI

Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

FOC – 10/31/11, ON SALE – 11/23/11

New Mutants #34 Preview

I remember Blink from the epic alternate universe saga Age of Apocalypse from Marvel in the ’90s. Blink proved so popular she came to the regular Marvel Universe as part of the Exiles series. Now she’s back, as this text-free preview from November’s New Mutants shows.

BLINK RETURNS IN X-MEN REGENESIS!

The fan-demanded return of BLINK  drags Dani Moonstar and her team of New Mutants right into the heart of X-Men Regenesis! Beginning in New Mutants #34, from the critically acclaimed writing team of Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and artist David Lopez, Cyclops gives the New Mutants no time to rest as he sends them on a wild goose chase across the Marvel Universe. What has Blink done to require immediate extraction and is she to blame? Sinister things are afoot this November, in New Mutants #34!

NEW MUTANTS #34 (SEP110609)

Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING

Pencils by  DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by JORGE MOLINA

FOC – 10/31/11, ON SALE – 11/23/11

Ratfist Arrives in December

Doug TenNapel is the creator of cartoons Earthworm Jim, and Catscratch and he’s also a great creator of consistently entertaining OGNs such as Creature Tech, and Power Up. His latest project – the awesomely titled Ratfist is a webcomic that’s coming to print.

176 DAYS OF RATFIST
Image Comics Publishes Doug TenNapel’s Quirky Webcomic as Graphic Novel

Earlier this year, Earthworm Jim creator, Doug TenNapel, stepped into the world of Webcomics when he began sharing RATFIST, his latest oddball action comic, online for all to see. Now for the first time ever in print, Image Comics will be publishing RATFIST in December.

Originally conceived of as a possible character that might be featured on Cartoon Network, RATFIST became a daily-updated Webcomic instead! With coloring help from Katherine Garner, RATFIST stars a vigilante-in-tights, satirizing comics, politics, philosophy, and even TENNAPEL himself! Those that followed along with the daily online RATFIST schedule and new readers alike will be pleased to find that the printed collection will not only include the entirety of TenNapel’s RATFIST story, but also feature a forward written by MST3K/RiffTraxx’s Michael J. Nelson, and fantastic pinups by Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), Skottie Young (Wizard of Oz, Spiderman), Christopher Hastings (Dr. McNinja) and Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop)!
“I’m so thrilled that this can join the line up of books I’ve brought to Image,” said TenNapel. “I hope those that missed it when I was publishing online get to pick it up now in print!”
Other graphic novels by TenNapel that were previously published by Image Comics include FLINK, TOMMYSAURUS REX, CREATURE TECH, GEAR, IRON WEST, EARTHBOY JACOBUS, BLACK CHERRY, MONSTER ZOO, and most recently POWER UP.
RATFIST TP (OCT110463, ISBN: 978-1-60706-478-7), a 176-page full-color humorous super hero graphic novel for $19.99, will be on sale in stores December 14, and is available for order now in the October issue of Previews.

The Andy Warhol Museum’s Alex Ross Exhibition

Until January 8 2012 you can catch an exhibition of over 130 pieces from painter Alex Ross’ great comics work. Known for Marvels, Kingdom Come and a whole lot of gorgeous covers over the years, (mainly for Dynamite these days) Ross is a wonderful talent.

The Andy Warhol Museum is in Pittsburgh and here’s all the official info.

Paintings and sketches from his early career from projects like Marvels and Kingdom Come will be included, as well as works from more recent projects, such as JusticeFlash Gordon, and Green Hornet.

Showcasing the heavy influence of American illustration and Pop Art on Alex Ross, works by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis, and JC Leyendecker will be included.  Many of Lynette Ross’ artworks will be on display as well.  Also on view will be Myths prints created by Warhol, featuring many of the subjects of Alex Ross paintings – Superman, Uncle Sam, and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.  Since Warhol was a huge comic book fan, we will also have a selection of comic books and related paraphernalia collected by Warhol throughout his life.

This exhibition will be the first museum exhibition of Ross’ work and will comprise 5,500 square feet of gallery space.  Ross has graciously offered to prepare an original artwork for The Warhol to promote this premier, which will be available to the public in poster form exclusively at The Warhol Store.

The Unexpected #1 Review

The Unexpected #1 is a one-shot from DC Comics/ Vertigo. Under that irresistible cover from Rafael Grampa (look at it! a woman in bloody stilettos, with dead birds strapped to her about to go psycho on some ’50s lovers at a skull screening drive-in!) are some great stories, in the vein of Twilight Zone. As with all mixed bags like this, there’s bound to be some losers amongst the winners, but the strike rate here is pretty good and I hope they publish another one.

The Great Karlini by Dave Gibbons is the first tale. It’s about a cheating escaplogist who eventually gets his comeuppance. It’s all told in 8 panel pages and his narration which lends a certain weight.

Dogs by G. Willow Wilson and Robert Rodriguez is frankly, awesome. It’s a simple story but looks great with Rodriguez’s slightly sketchy and expressive visual style. Set in a small country town filled with pet canines who get fed up with the stupid and violent humans around them, they suddenly start walking upright and take revenge. It’s an entertaining “tables are turned” story in just 8 pages.

Look Alive by Alex Gracian and Jill Thompson is about a woman who’s a zombie in a world full of them who pretends to be normal with constant drug use and lots of makeup, but can’t speak as she still sounds like one. She manages to survive with her crafty ways tough.

The dark humour continues with A Most Delicate Monster by writer Jeffrey Rotter and artist Lelio Bonaccorso which centres on a cloned caveman who’s unleashed upon the world to experience its sin and excess.

There’s a tragic muder drama in The Land by Joshua Dysart and Farel Dalrymple, violent survival in Mat Johnsons’s and David Lapham’s Family First and the blurring of real and online life in Joshua Hale Fialkov’s and Rahsan Ekedal’s Alone. The last two short comics are Americana by Brian Wood and Emily Carroll and a preview of DC’s upcoming Voodoo Child #1 by Selwyn Sefu Hinds and Denys Cowan. They both look good, but don’t really fit in with the thematic link of the previous tales.

If you grabbed the recent Strange Adventures anthology which used sci-fi as a template, this should entice you, if you also like supernatural stuff that is. I hope DC produce more of these grab bags, as not only are they a good “in” for newbies, but they give both veteran and up and coming creators an audience.

Chronicle Trailer

Using the same found footage concept of Cloverfield and Quarantine, although this film doesn’t really look like it, is Chroncile. Written by Max Landis, it opens in February 2012 and follows 3 mates as they use their new super powers and not heroically. Effectively creepy trailer below.

“I’m worried about Andrew.” Indeed.